I might have mentioned this before. But gas flaring. Obviously, a waste of good energy. But often done when gas co-produced with oil is in small volume. Or there’s gas fields out there that are viable in the sense of drilling them but not in the sense of hooking them up to any pipeline nor LNG etc. So, it’s viable to produce but not to transport and thus, in the end, not viable.
On the other hand the production of fertiliser requires natural gas and air. And, of course, a machine. And it’s normally true in the chemicals industry that bigger is better. The wider the pipes (as I understand it) the more efficient the whole factory.
Hmm, so at what point is that crossover? Or alternatively, how small can you make a fertiliser factory to take advantage of free gas and still make a profit despite lower efficiency?
Does anyone know?
I’m pretty sure I have asked this before and the answer was, well, big companies don’t care (as I recall the answer at least) rather than a technical answer.